Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Winter Vacation

Hello my friends, and thank you for visiting this blog. I've been posting daily for several years now and am finding it increasingly difficult to come up with new posts. Now I find myself in the middle of a rugged winter which is so cold, snowy and windy that it's difficult even to snap photos. I've simply run out of steam and run out of material. 

I'd like to continue the blog but need to take a rest, posting occasionally if I have something interesting, like the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival in February. But mostly I think I'll wait for the weather to moderate. Four cows are due to calve in the spring and there will be fencing to fix and flowers blooming. Everything will again look promising and I'll have new inspiration. I hope that you will check back once in a while to see if I've posted anything new. 

I especially thank those of you faithful followers who have been reading this blog daily.  I hope to be back in the spring (or sooner).

Bill


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Beauty Of Ice - Part 2

I was wet and cold. The ground was wet, icy and slippery. But I walked around the yard taking photos of the amazing ice covered beauty. These were apple twigs:

And Elderberry tops:

Ice covered grass along the dogs' fence:

This crystal palace was actually the remains of Wild Cucumber Vines:

And a lovely but unknown weed:

The old fashioned rose with an ice covered rose hip:

Mock Orange:

And Eastern White Cedar:

Wild Grasses:

And the ancient Lilac in front of the house:

Even the dried flowers of the Tree Hydrangea were coated in ice. There was beauty all around - in spite of the miserable weather. I hope you too found it worth a look:

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Beauty Of Ice - Part 1

Winter really arrived in January. I went out one day to give the cows a new bale of hay and found about 6" of snow with 1/4" of ice on top of it - and a rapidly growing lake of cold water on top of that. The falling rain was freezing rapidly and we were to drop to near 0 degrees that night, with a low of minus 23 two nights later:

The scene outside my door was kind of pretty, but treacherous:

The hay bales were covered with ice:

The apple tree branches were covered with ice:

The fence wires and gate were covered with ice too, but the poor cattle had to endure the cold rain. For that matter, I had to endure it also, but at least I got to go back inside the warm house when I had finished my work:

The fence posts and fencing were icy and those fuzzy, red clumps you see consisted of cow hair. The girls had been scratching their itches on that fence post:

Each Goldenrod plant was coated in ice:

This plant looked awfully familiar, and I thought it was in the mint family, so I looked it up when I got back inside the house. I think it was Mentha arvensis, or Wild Mint, and it too had a clear coating of ice:

The Box Elder seemed to have a crystal coating:

And all my Tall Garden Phlox:

I wasn't sure, but I thought this fine textured plant was Bedstraw. I was traipsing around in the water, ice and snow while I took photos and there are more to show you, so I'll post Part 2 tomorrow: